Loud Stereo Bill Falls In State Senate

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Audiophiles who love blasting their music got a reprieve Friday when the Florida Senate failed to move a bill forward that would have forced people to turn down their car stereos.

The measure (SB 634) failed on a 19-19 vote Friday after senators offered their opinions about being subjected to window-rattling music at stop lights.

The bill would make it a violation to crank a car stereo so much that the music can be “plainly audible” from 25 feet or more. The violation would carry a $30 fine.

The bill’s supporters say loud car stereos are a common complaint to police departments in Florida. They said excessively loud music poses a safety risk because motorists can’t hear oncoming emergency vehicles.

Opponents said loud music is nothing more than an annoyance endured for a short time at a stop light.

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